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The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  119 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Hattie Cross knows what you're thinking: Zombie sex? Ewwwww. But she also knows that since a virus turned 99.9999 percent of human males into zombies, it's statistically impossible to meet--let alone date--the remaining 0.00001 percent. So she writes "The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies" to help her fellow single women navigate the zombie-relationship waters. Her practical ...more
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Published February 14th 2012 by Potatoworks Press
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Lynn Messina
Feb 09, 2012 Lynn Messina rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Cheesy to give myself five stars? Yes. Irresistible? Absolutely.
Melissa Storm
Ahhh, zombies. They’re stupid, but they sure are cute… and sexy. Wait, what?! Yeah, I totally just called zombies sexy. I mean, give them a little zombie Viagra, and they’re good to go. They make fantastic boyfriends. They even appreciate shoe shopping! Who needs human men, am I right?

Lately, it feels like zombies are as annoyingly ubiquitous as vampires and werewolves. We’ve read so, so many stories about them that one more feels like redundant torture. Enter Lynn Messina with her refreshing, c
Laura Roberts
My favorite zombie movie is definitely Shaun of the Dead, as I'm not big into the typical zombie tropes of gross-out, mindless shambling and over-the-top gore, but I AM big into parodies thereof. Maybe it's the fact that, ultimately, zombies are a parody of humanity, which means that a parody of a zombie story is a meta-parody?

But I digress.

Lynn Messina's "The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies" comes from a similar place of silliness. The stereotypical brain-eating zombie has here been limited to t
At the risk of annoying the author because I might have gotten the voice of this story all wrong, I’m just going to say that I enjoyed this book when I just relaxed and didn’t take it seriously as I had to really work to wrap my mind around this very creative story. The book is uniquely written in that it is sort of two books in one. There is the main storyline and then that is interrupted by excerpts from the ‘how-to’ guide that the main character wrote. I found this ‘guide’ a hoot. I offer thi ...more
With chapters from main character Hattie Cross' guide to dating zombies placed in between chapters of the story, Girls' Guide is an entertaining and informative read!

Hattie's career is on the upswing with a tv appearance that snowballs into an opportunity to profile the CEO of the top company making drugs to domesticate zombies. She's excited and dazzled by the woman until she meets a real, live male and her focus shifts. Mainly because she behaves in embarrassing ways whenever Jake is around, a
Blodeuedd Finland
This book was hilarious and totally gross.

In the future, after a zombie plague have killed 99.9% of all men, things are different. Women took over, men...well zombies, run around in the wild trying to eat squirrels. Thank goodness they do not eat humans brains, but other brains, yum. So what is a girl to do? The answer is to date zombies! Honestly, I would think that first, well try to date other women at least to see if that could work.

Right, so we got Hattie, a reporter who has written a book
Chick Lit + Wine
Zombie sex. Eww. Yes, author Lynn Messina warns this is the first reaction. And, yes she makes the good point that with no men left there’s little choice. But I’m still going to put it out there. Eww. With a capital E.

The Girl’s Guide to Dating Zombies is a fun, quick read that’s so bizarre I have to recommend if only because it’s like no other book I’ve ever read. It’s not scary like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but it’s definitely high on the weird-list.

After a virus turns nearly 100% of m
Apr 26, 2012 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Bear with me for a minute while I explain this one. The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies by Lynn Messina is a book about Hattie Cross, the main character, who wrote The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies. So it's a guide within a guide. Maybe that sounds confusing, but it's really not. Lynn is the author (and real), Hattie is the character (and fictional). Still with me? Great!

Lynn's book starts off with a section from Hattie's guide, and then it jumps over to Hattie's life in the present. The book c
Nicole Henke
Feb 18, 2012 Nicole Henke rated it really liked it
This was a fairly new experience for me reading a book about Zombies. I have only read one before and it was quite a different story. I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive - thinking about Zombie sex --- Ewwwww! Indeed, but I, as always, was up for the adventure this book was. After just a few chapters I knew I wouldn’t stop till I got the “scoop” from tabloid writer Hattie Cross.

The book is well written, the characters, non-zombies, are quite likeable and it was interesting how the author in
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Apr 09, 2012 Vanessa theJeepDiva rated it really liked it
Guess what happens when Some Like It Hot, Zombieland, and Sex in the City get all mixed up and turn into a book…The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies and it is a must read. This book has too many great elements to list so I’m giving you the short list, humor, conspiracy theories, a mad scientist looking for world domination, girlfriend hanging out and talking boyzombs, and of course a happily ever after. I didn’t think I was going to get a happily ever after here and I got a surprising interesting ...more
May 14, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
The Girl's Guide to Dating Zombies gives the reader an interesting view of a world where human males are all but extinct, but domesticated zombies are the next best thing. Personally, I think the world would have been more realistic if most of the women started batting for the same team and vibrators were to chicks what sports cars were to men. But we're in the world o' zombs, and any sense of reality must be suspended.
While I enjoyed this alternate reality, I felt the author spent a bit too muc
Liz at Fictional Candy
Apr 24, 2012 Liz at Fictional Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
This book is crazy. This book is hilarious. This book is an alternate universe where the reanimated don’t tear us to shreds, but rather live with us in harmony. This book is Carrie Bradshaw during an apocalypse outside a bar after getting sauced on black martinis smoking a menthol cigarette beneath a broken out street light. I loved it!

So the year is 2020. The H1Z1 variant Y zombie virus has come along and wiped out nearly the entire male species. Yep, this virus turns only those with the Y chro
Lauren Murphy
Mar 22, 2012 Lauren Murphy rated it really liked it
Hattie Cross is a reporter for the Daily Scoopage in the post-apocalyptic 2012, twenty years after a plague zombified almost all of the male population. With human males a rarity, Hattie shares her dating woes in her book, The Girl’s Guide to Dating Zombies. Throughout the novel, snippets of Hattie’s guide are revealed for the single woman on the lookout for a zombie boyfriend. From learning Zombese to speed dating at a zombie slaughterhouse to domesticating zombies and choosing well preserved s ...more
Tory Michaels
Dec 05, 2013 Tory Michaels rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I'll be honest, I got this book solely because of the blurb. It sounded funny and so I had some vague hope it would follow through and actually be funny. I've never read a zombie romance before, because, well, ewwww. The fact that the author references the ewww factor in zombie dating hooked me in as much as the fact that it sounded funny.
It was hilarious in many places. Hattie is so down to earth, matter of fact about the fact that there are no more men, having not met one since she was six and
Shah Wharton
Feb 21, 2012 Shah Wharton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy, romance, zombie, satire
I read this in around two nights. At the beginning I wasn't exactly sure what I thought of it. It struck me as a Bridget Jones Diaries for a post apocalyptic world in which all men (or rather 99%) are now zombies. Not the dangerous cannibalistic type, but the rotting and shuffling animal brain type. As the title suggests, this is a 'How to...' guide for women, detailing how one might go about dating a zombie, using various medications to prevent smell, rot and overeating, amongst other
Apr 24, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first third of the book I started to kick myself, wondering what I had gotten myself into. Hattie Cross read like Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, not exactly something that appealed to a zombie connoisseur such as myself. After the introduction of a couple of key characters, however, the book really picks up. Jake Maddox is addicting, and left me feeling nostalgic for something I hadn't even lost. And there's even a couple of situations that really satiated my taste for zombie gore ...more
MB Mulhall
Jan 24, 2012 MB Mulhall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book! I love how chapters of the Guide were mixed into the story itself. There are a lot of zombie books out there right now and this is a nice humorous twist on our favorite brain eating, foot dragging, reanimated humans.

Know why you should pick up this book(besides the interesting plot, the humor and the good writing)? You should pick it up for the zombie sex. Yes, I said sex. S-E-X. With zombies. Zombies who are missing limbs. Zombies who might loose a finger during fornication. Zo
Jan 28, 2014 Daniela rated it liked it
This is a very interesting chick-lit zombie-romance story about a woman in a post-apocalyptic world where 90% of the male population turned zombie. She is a journalist that wrote a how-to-date-the-modern-zombie for the modern woman and is always on the hunt for the ever-elusive "great story". She is contacted by the infamous CEO of the biggest zombaceutical company for an exclusive biography. There she meets for the very first time since the zombie epidemic an honest-to-goodness live human male! ...more
There is very few men left in the world after a virus turned all men into Zombies. Hattie Cross has written a book called The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies to help other women into the new world of dating zombies. How to train them, what to do and not to do and what kind of drugs they may need. Her book gives her the chance to interview the CEO of the largest drug company in the world. There she meets something she didn't think she ever would. A real life man who isn't a zombie. Now the deeper ...more
May 28, 2012 ashlee marked it as to-read
when i first read the title i was like eww. no. thats gross. but then i thought about it, we read books about girls dating vamps, wolves, angels, demons, spirits.. why should zoms be any different? so im gonna give this book a try.
Mar 02, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girls
Shelves: fantasy, e-book
More interesting and amusing than I expected! A cute read.
Galea Rain
Jan 13, 2014 Galea Rain rated it really liked it
You'd think dating zombies would be really gross but when almost all the men have changed into zombies, what choice does a girl have? Besides medication has improved zombies to be more than a rotting, brainless, starving corpse. Hattie Cross writes a guidebook explaining all the benefits of zombies and how to date them. But everything changes when she meets Jake Maddox, an actual human male.

The concept of the book is unique and intriguing, even with that ick factor. It draws you in and keeps you
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Mar 02, 2012 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: NovelPublicity
Okay. So, honestly? I was WAY iffy about reading this. But, then I thought, what the heck. So, I gave it a shot and signed up to review this book. Boy, was I ever in for a hilarious treat! SERIOUSLY!!!! Lynn Messina has topped the charts in my book with a laugh out hilarious "guide" for women who want to date.....zombies?! Yup. Zombies. And her compilation of information is informative. Truly. If I ever feel the need in say, 8-10 years to date a zombie, well then, I know where to turn!

This laugh
J.L. Campbell
Mar 20, 2012 J.L. Campbell rated it really liked it
STORYLINE: It’s 2020 and a virus has all but wiped out the human male. His replacement is the zombie. Hattie Cross writes a book The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies, which catches the attention of the CEO of the largest supplier of ‘zombie-behavioral-modification’ drugs in the world. Hattie is invited to do a feature on the company, meets that rarest of creatures – a real, live man – and gets up to her neck in a conspiracy theory. If her suspicions are correct, the course of history will change, ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the title you know this book involves Zombies. These Zombies are slightly different then the old school come-from-the-ground to eat brains or even more recent virus-infected dead but reanimated flesh Zombies (although they hold the most semblance with the latter). These Zombies or Boyzombs, were once men that luckily only have a craving for animal brains, not human. Oh, and you can date these.

Lynn's book is a clever twist on zombie fiction. Never before have I read or watched a zombie rela
Sheryl Steines
Feb 22, 2012 Sheryl Steines rated it it was amazing
I expected chick lit. I expected a love story. The type of books I don’t reach for first. And then a pile a bricks fell on my head. Okay, I wasn’t that surprised, maybe one brick hit me in the face. But when I pulled it off and dusted myself off, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Hattie Cross writes for a tabloid in a world after the worse blight known to humankind. Most men in the world have been exposed to a virus that turned them into zombies. You could laugh here. Zombies unable to communicate
Chrystal Rose
Apr 05, 2012 Chrystal Rose rated it it was amazing
This particular book interested me because while of course it's fiction, it's also about dating. Yayyyy dating! And even better it's about dating zombies, how can you not find that to be interesting??

So essentially in this book, author Lynn Messina has created a world where the zombie virus only affects men (women are immune) and they aren't cannibalistic. Um--yes please can we get some of this virus?? There are also only 344,923 men estimated to be left on the planet and "your chances of gettin
Diana (DomesticGoddess)
3.5 stars.
"I know what you're thinking: zombie sex - ewww.
All done?
Oh, wait, one residual one? OK.
Great. Now that that's out of your system, let's move on."
- from The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies, Chapter 13

Sorry, zombie sex is still ewww. I have a problem with the general premise of this book; personally, I would much rather resort to vibrators and lesbianism. See, I AM open-minded, but zombie sex? Ewwwwwwwww.
So, premise aside... on the surface the focus is on the breezy,
May 01, 2012 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
This witty and quirky novel opens up in the year 2020. The female population is 100% human; the male population? Not so much. Over the course of the last 20 years, the human male population has dwindled to around a quarter of million specimens after the H1Z1 variant Y zombie virus wiped out the majority of the males on earth.

Hattie Cross, newspaper columnist, has written a book titled "The Girls' Guide To Dating Zombies." With the male population nearly zero but an overpopulation of zombies, Hat
Frederick Brooke
Mar 09, 2012 Frederick Brooke rated it it was amazing
Since this is the year of the zombie I've been reading one or two zombie books a month, and watching a few zombie movies, too. When I saw that The Girl's Guide to Dating Zombies was part of a blog tour hosted by Emlyn Chand's Novel Publicity, I jumped aboard. For those who haven't been following closely, we've gone way beyond classic zombie stories of a few survivors holding out in a bunker somewhere, trying to make their way to some place rumored to be safe. That's gotten a bit old. That was so ...more
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Lynn Messina is author of ten novels, including the best-selling Fashionistas, which has been translated into sixteen languages, and a series of Regency romance novels. Her essays have appeared in Self, American Baby and the New York Times Modern Love column, and she’s a regular contributor to the Times Motherlode blog. She lives in New York City with her husband and sons.
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